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Grateful Dead Live at Legion Stadium on 1970-12-27

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Grateful Dead Live at Legion Stadium on 1970-12-27

Topics Live concert

Truckin', Mama Tried, Hard To Handle, Deep Elem Blues, Sugar Magnolia, Brokedown Palace, Cumberland Blues, It Hurts Me Too, Me And My Uncle, China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider, Casey Jones Good Lovin', In The Midnight Hour, Attics Of My Life, Me And Bobby McGee, Around And Around, Saint Stephen -> Not Fade Away -> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad -> Turn On Your Lovelight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Legion Stadium
Location El Monte, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR (7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk) > Cass > DAT > CD > EAC > Samplitude v7.02 Professional > shntool > SHN
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- I cleaned up the cuts, fixed the errors, removed several pops and re-tracked the discs.
-- It sounds like they are going into Eyes Of The World towrads end of NFA.


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2015
Subject: Quite a good show,
not great
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2014
Subject: sparkling
This may be a slightly less assertive performance than the previous night, and the sound quality of the board isn't as spectacular (to my ears) but it's damn nice nevertheless. This is a superb mix with all the players delivering and captured well.

Highlights (that are higher than the other highlights):

Deep Elem Blues: infrequently played; Garcia sings this version with a lot of feeling, reminiscent of the versions with the Dorks earlier in the month

Hurts Me Too -- they didn't play this often enough pre-72. This late 1970 arrangement is an interesting one that hasn't yet showed up on an official release ... although I'm probably mistaken about that. ;)

China->Rider: love that juicy tone on Bobby's guitar solo

Good Lovin': the beginning is missing but, as already noted, the recording picks up at a decent spot where Jerry is riffing Sly (the Family Stone had a huge hit earlier in the year with Thank You (For Letting Me Be Mice Elf).

NFA-GTRFB->Lovelight: This is a segment for the ages with the band really letting its hair down (and we're talking a lot of hair here). Numerous, beautiful "what song is this?" moments. I didn't hear Eyes of the World towards the end of NFA. But I did hear Sympathy for the Devil towards the very end of GTRFB! You can hear Pig announcing "Allright now we gettin' down!" just before he grabs the mic (they teased the song earlier before China Cat but apparently Pig didn't think it was "time to get down" right then). What follows is a simple, occasionally subtle but always intense Lovelight that ends with some of the most insane Bobby vocalizations that you'll ever hear (dig the yodeling from 9:30 to 9:45, then the usual sheets of white noise).

After Lovelight, Bobby at least sounds like he's ready to keep playing. But one of the other players (Pig?) has apparently thrown in the towel (someone drunkenly slurs "we'll see ya" into a mic). A few excuses are mumbled and the band wanders off the stage.
Reviewer: PaperCanoe1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2014
Subject: It Hurts Me Three
I super nice, especially the Jerry work. One warning is that it trails off at the end, but still well worth the listen. Some other real nice gems in here, including Deep Elem, Brokedown, NFA, GDTRFB. Love the creativity of this era.
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2013
Subject: 12-27-70
I have not run across many soundboards from late 1970, so this show is a good one to grab. Not to suggest that is is only good for historical value.
Many good performances are to be found here. Give it a listen and you may find some yourself
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" December 27, 1970 at the Legion Stadium, El Monte, California, United States of America


1970 Superduper Soundboard.

I recommend clicking on Charlie Miller's name and collecting all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows. He has the best shows on the IA.

Get December 26, 27 & 28 at Legion Stadium, Elmonte, CA.

I downloaded this show years ago, I am back to to tell you how you can get it yourself.

Nice show from 1970, when I was in 10th Grade.

IF you're a fan of Pigpen like I am, you're gonna want this show.

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1970.

PS: This show has been downloaded over 15 thousand times.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2009
Subject: Wow, thanks Charlie
This is an excellent show, with excellent transfer and sound, from a very transitional period of the band. It seems like by December they were finally working out what they wanted to do with the American Beauty material, which Workingmans cuts were worth keeping (pretty much all of them) and in general giving off a much more polished sound compared to the more spontaneous and balsy summer shows. First of all, great backup vocals. Even the hits like Truckin', Sugar Mag, Casey Jones, all sound like they have extra effort given, with Phil vocals at top form and Jerr having a blast the whole time.

If you can't find a reason why this show is special for how the band is playing (which to me seems ridiculous) download it because Charlie Miller found a board from late 70', a virtually undocumented period from the GD release spectrum, because of a lot of shaky recordings with flaws. This show is virtually flawless from a tech standpoint and the sound is solid. Get it before Rhino reads me review and releases it. Damn this sounds good!
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2008
Subject: Great Show!
Stellar performance and recording both, there's not a thing wrong with it. There's a perfect amount of audience leaking into this soundboard to give it an extra ambience. Not a matrix, but far from a dry soundboard. From the opening remarks advising people to "go wander and dance because there won't be any surprises and it sounds great everywhere". Listen to the crowd reaction to Bobby's lyric flub at the 7 minute mark in Truckin' or the reaction at the end of Attics.
Check out the Thankyoufalettinmebemyself riff/jam as Good Lovin fades in! And Pig stating "No You Don't" to kick the band in Lovelight! Or JG's alternate turpentine lyric during GDTRFB. The only lowlights might be the final jam sounding somewhat loose and undirected.
A five star Fall 1970 show for sure.
Reviewer: frtegularius - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2007
Subject: Deep Elem Blues
Very nice and slower beat version of this typically folky tune. I think it draws you more into the mood of the lyrics; makes me want to drink some whiskey and ruminate.
Reviewer: gr8fulpair - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2005
Subject: oh yea.....
The sound quality of this recording is crisp and raw. Mild buzzing and hissing only adds to the character of this one. Vocals are loud and clear! "It hurts me too" reminds me why I love this band so much and why it was soooo much better (IMHO) with Pig. The version here smokes (cuts off at end, bummer). Overall, classic 1970.
Reviewer: bigboypeete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2005
Subject: sweet 70
more good stuff from 70 if it wasnt for doubledose i might not stumbled along this gem ,lots of great 70's stuff out there people this being no exception,sound good to, not great but Good with a capital G
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: Solid Pig kicks some butt
Not sure why no one reviewed this but it is great. Hot midnight hour, good lovin, lovelight. Enjoy+
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